I find it difficult to anticipate the Lord of peace, when it seems so counter to what life is really like. Life is not very peaceful right now.
It is amazing to realize that we are still in Iraq. We have now surpassed the amount of time the US militarily spent in World War II.
What is interesting though is the comparison of deaths, one report I found says 400,000 American soldiers died in WWII. Iraq has seen about 5,000 people died (my apologies for US military stats only, I cannot find reliable other stats, one suggests 56million civilians and military died in WWII and 60,000 in Iraq).
That raises an issue: are “new” military tactics more(less death) or less (more apersonal killing) humane. We spend $8billion per month on Iraq and no one has had to make a financial sacrifice.
Is Augustine’s “Just War” theory valid anymore when war has changed from a personal conflict to an apersonal button push? Do we need a new process to figure out whether or when war is just?
So the question I have wrestled with before is how do we offer the hope of Christ to the hopeless?
Now the question has become, how do we offer the peace of Christ in a world without peace?